Who benefits from guaranteed above inflation increases in military spending? It is certainly not the barely paid, appalling treated personnel, such as there still are.
How much of this money for the toy manufacturers ends up in the coffers of the Conservative Party? How many of the Ministers responsible, and the top brass, go on to be employed by those companies?
And how much of the headline figure is just Trident, anyway? That question also presents itself in relation to the totemic two per cent of GDP.
The chest-beating NATO cultists need to be asked what their view would be of any other supranational body that presumed to demand such a tribute, and which tied us to the military interests and even structures of an emerging Islamist dictatorship in the Middle East.